ZSRx: A (mini) MOOC for Web Literacy

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The first of its kind, ZSRx was a MOOC-like course built and facilitated by librarians. Using free tools and third-party content, we created a web literacy course that attracted more than 700 participants, mostly parents and alumni in the Wake Forest University community. We see great potential for libraries offering open online courses to their communities as platforms for informal learning of critical 21st century literacies.

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  • Thanks, Veronica! It was actually really fun to build, because I wasn't tied to any specific platform or set of tools: I could determine what worked for me and what I thought would work best for the course. The font I tend to use for these kinds of things is yanone kaffeesatz (http://www.yanone.de/typedesign/kaffeesatz/). The font and general feel I go for is pretty much stolen from this: http://zachholman.com/posts/slide-design-for-developers/
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  • Ok, two things: 1) The fact that you created this MOOC is amazing and demonstrates how much can be done with free tools. 2) I am digging your use of typography in this presentation. What font did you use?
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ZSRx: A (mini) MOOC for Web Literacy

  1. 1. Kyle DenlingerZ. Smith Reynolds LibraryWake Forest UniversityZSRx:A MOOCforWebLiteracy
  2. 2. LIBRARIES:THECURRENTCONVERSATION&
  3. 3. WE NEED THAT CLASS!COLLEGE BOARD OF VISITORS:
  4. 4. valuewe sawopportunity&
  5. 5. toHARD-TO-REACHPOPULATIONS
  6. 6. toCRITICAL 21STCENTURY LITERACIES
  7. 7. toTHE VALUE & EXPERTISEOF LIBRARIANS
  8. 8. so we asked ourselves:
  9. 9. WHYDONTWEJUSTBUILDIT?
  10. 10. sothatswhatwedid.
  11. 11. TOFOSTERWEBLITERACYINPARENTS&ALUMNIAFOUR-WEEKOPENONLINECOURSE
  12. 12. SEARCHSTRATEGIESADVANCEDSEARCHINGPRIVACY&FILTERSINFOMANAGEMENT
  13. 13. LOTS OF CONTENTBUT A FOCUS ONCONNECTION
  14. 14. CANDYDISH
  15. 15. We called it:ZSRx:THECUREFORTHECOMMONWEB
  16. 16. BUILTWITHFREETOOLSBYONEGUYOVERAFEWMONTHS
  17. 17. then somethingamazing happened.
  18. 18. ZSRx,BYTHENUMBERS:
  19. 19. WE WERE HOPINGINSTEAD, WE GOT:FOR 100.
  20. 20. total registrations
  21. 21. continents(thanks for nothing, Antarctica)
  22. 22. states in the US
  23. 23. (we thought this was pretty cool)
  24. 24. (we thought this was pretty cool)
  25. 25. (we thought this was pretty cool)
  26. 26. (we thought this was pretty cool)
  27. 27. (we thought this was pretty cool)
  28. 28. from the class of 1954to the class of 2012
  29. 29. of current &former students
  30. 30. even ouris an enthusiastic lurker
  31. 31. all of whom areto us in a new way
  32. 32. how we did it:
  33. 33. GOOGLESITES
  34. 34. GOOGLEGROUPS
  35. 35. 303MEMBERS~300POSTSALLTIME
  36. 36. GOOGLE+COMMUNITY
  37. 37. DOCSFORMS
  38. 38. how we did it:INSTRUCTIONAL
  39. 39. gobackwards!
  40. 40. how we did it:
  41. 41. how we did it:
  42. 42. what were learning:EXPERIENCEMATTERS
  43. 43. what were learning:PIXELSMATTER
  44. 44. what were learning:CONNECTIONMATTERS
  45. 45. HOWS IT GOING?
  46. 46. pageviews
  47. 47. unique visitors
  48. 48. “Interesting sharing. Thankyou. Ihave been moving about the coursein a somewhat random pattern, but itis awonderfullearningexperience. Andit is stimulating sharing ideas athome and at work. Thankyou.”
  49. 49. “Another thing I’ve learned so far that hasmade me gladIsignedup was that Googletends to produce Q&A links when you type aquestion. I’ve never liked searching theactual question and have preferredsearching on the important terms of thequestion... NowIknowwhyIdon’tliketheresultsasmuch.”
  50. 50. “Wow,thatisgreat! (neither myhusband, my co-workers, nor severalof our student-workers knew aboutthis feature either).”
  51. 51. “Ilearnedsomuch from the videos andarticles in Module 1. Most of myfrustrations in doing searches arenowcleartome from what I learnedabout how searches are executed.”
  52. 52. “Becoming exposed to even more has mademy searching even more manageable.Working in the medical profession andhaving to search things I often come backwith a lot more hits than desired or needed.Now I have greatly minimized theinformation that comes back to me whensearching. PRICELESS!”
  53. 53. “I learned how to filter search resultsby date - thataloneisworththepriceofadmission!”
  54. 54. “Ive been veryimpressed by thethoughtful comments from groupmembers and the willingness toshare and help others. This is a newon-line experience for me and ImgladIamparticipating.”
  55. 55. ANOPPORTUNITY!
  56. 56. WANNADOTHIS?
  57. 57. Thankyou!Questions?
  58. 58. Image CreditsLightbulb photo by user gaymay on Flickr:http://www.flickr.com/photos/52746562@N00/7943706608/Spice Drops photo by user Cape Cod Cyclist on Flickr:http://www.flickr.com/photos/80949849@N00/273440780/Emerging Student Patterns in Coursera-style MOOCs from Phil Hill:http://mfeldstein.com/emerging-student-patterns-in-moocs-a-revised-graphical-view/

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